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Hewitt out for three months after yet another hip surgery

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...0.html?fpos=r5


"Hewitt set to sit after surgery


Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt has had surgery on his right hip in Hobart this week following his loss to world No.1 Roger Federer at Australian Open 2010.

Hewitt said he sustained the injury the day before his first match at the Hopman Cup while practicing, but refused to let it derail his Australian Open campaign after coming back from a similar injury to his left hip last year.

“I did one movement at the Hopman Cup in practice the day before my first match, and I felt something straight away. I knew it wasn't that good,” Hewitt told a packed press conference at Melbourne Park on Saturday afternoon.

“At that time, I wasn't 100 per cent sure whether I was going to be able to play any of the Australian summer. At least I gave 100 per cent and tried to block it out as much as possible. [I] was able to get through the summer.”

After having scans on the troublesome hip and discussing various options with his team, Hewitt elected to have surgery in an attempt to return in time for the French Open in May.

He will, however, miss Australia’s Asia-Oceania Zone Group I Davis Cup tie against Chinese Taipei at Melbourne Park in early March and some hardcourt tournaments in the US, including Indian Wells (which he has won twice) and Miami.

Hewitt said this injury is slightly different to the problem he experienced with his left hip that kept him out of the game from August 2008 to January 2009.

“I had a tear in my labrum, which is around my hip joint. So I pretty much had torn that off the bone. I had a few issues with my ligament, as well, in there.”

Despite yet another injury setback and his 29th birthday fast approaching, Hewitt says that retirement hasn’t crossed his mind.

“I thought maybe if I retire now and come back in 12 weeks, you know, Kim [Clijsters] and Justine [Henin] do that, then come back and win slams. Could have been an omen for me,” he said.

“I've worked too hard to come back. I feel like I'm hitting the ball as well as I've nearly ever hit it … the bloke I lost to the start of this week (Federer), he's as good as you get right at the moment.”

Hewitt said that after having gone through a similar experience with his left hip, he knows what’s in store this time round.

“It's kind of easier to know what to expect. Even when I come back, you might have some good days and some bad days.

“But you put up with that. At least I know the kind of pain that I'm going through at the moment. [In] a few weeks, it will go away.”

After completing his rehabilitation at a yet-to-be-decided location, Hewitt will set his sights on returning to the Grand Slams, where he thinks he is still a chance.

“For me the obvious goal, the next one will be Wimbledon. It's a place where I feel comfortable at. It's a place I played extremely well last year. [I] was only one or two points away from making the semis there. I feel like if I can get back and play some matches before Wimbledon, I have an outside chance of doing well.

“I don't feel like I'm that far away, my ball striking, from doing some damage in the Grand Slams.”"



Well, you gotta admire the guy for his positive attitude on his career.

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Difference between Hewitt and Clisters/Henin is style of play. Hewitt will never be able to crack top 10 again let alone win a grand slam.
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fk im pissed. Ive given up on the remaining 10% of hope for Hewitt after reading this. What a joke. Another yr goes by.

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Hewitt is done.
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Difference between Hewitt and Clijsters/Henin is that Clijsters/Henin play on the WTA.
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whoa, this is quite a blow for lleyton. i remember watching him doing a presser last week where he was all pumped for those very 3 months. hardly any points to defend, feeling good physically, motivated to do well on american hardcourts and so on.

i wonder if he's really coming back. could definitely see the surgery (and all the work he'll need to put into recovery) as the sort of setback that might make him go "for what?" and just let it go. got a wife, got a kid, let the atp be the atp.
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Get a new hip old man.

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Time for Tomic to play Davis Cup
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time to retire Hewitt

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Feel sorry for Hewitt there...hopefully the surgery will be a success and that he comes back when he is ready. Obviously an injury like this doesn't do a player any favours with his ranking, but for Hewitt it is perhaps especially unlucky as he had good scope to improve on his IW and Miami results from last year, and a handful of wins in the clay Masters/'500' events and RG would have consolidated his current ranking.

Now, he will lose the Houston title and other useful points (Memphis SF) and make his comeback at the time when he amassed his more significant points last year. Always seems to be battling against a strong current these days.

Just to reply to the article...would be nice if he comes back strong again, but he has 0.0001% chance to win a Slam against the likes of Federer, Nadal, Murray, Djokovic, Del Potro etc. He'd be doing well just to get back, and sustain, a top 30 ranking. Pretty much sums up the (lack of) depth in standard of the WTA Tour.

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hewitt really should just give up, his putting his body through all this and for what? his past his prime he's best tennis is behind him unless a miracle happens he'll never be what he was

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Just let it go old man.

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